Comstock Winery is a family affair that was inspired by the fundamental passion to grow and source the best Sonoma County has to offer and transform grapes into wines that are as delicious as they are memorable. It truly is a family affair. Bob and Sandy Comstock began growing grapes in Dry Creek Valley in 2002 and over time decided they wanted to start a winery, which they acquired in 2012, and opened in 2015.
Their daughter, Kelly Comstock Ferris, who was our host and is the General Manager, told us about the 17-acre vineyard that yields Zinfandel (some of their Zinfandel vines are 115 years old), Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Chardonnay. Winemaker Chris Russi took us through the winery and into the vineyards where I may have gotten a little too zealous about checking out the soil when he mentioned dry farming. One hose off later and we were back on the tour. Chris talked about helping to build the winery from the ground up as “a winemaker’s dream.”
How Is the Wine
This was a favorite of our group during the trip and I personally shipped home a case. Since it’s been about two years since I’ve personally visited, I wanted to list what is currently available. Many of these wines weren’t around when we tasted, so it’s time for a follow up visit. My standouts were the Viognier (notes of orange blossom, stone fruit and white flowers), the Sauvignon Blanc (tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus and a nice minerality) and the Zinfandel (spice, deep berry, earth).
- 2016 Viognier, Russian River Valley (wine club exclusive)
- 2014 Zinfandel, Rockpile (wine club exclusive)
- 2017 Rose, Sonoma County (new release, wine club exclusive)
- 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley
- 2015 Merlot, Dry Creek Valley (first vintage)
- 2014 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
- 2014 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
- 2013 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley
- 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley
The winery truly is a place where the Comstock’s want wine lovers to gather. From the pizza ovens on the patio to the annual Easter egg hunt to bocce ball on the lawn, it is a place that encourages gathering over a great glass (or two or…) of wine (and I tried and took home many of these wines). They served us an amazing lunch and we got to live the motto — “We are All Comstock Wines.”
Pricing and Availability
The wines range from $28 to $65 and several are wine club exclusives.
Each Tasting Flight includes a selection of five current release wines. Available Daily: 10:30a-4:30p. Classic Flight: $20 per guest | Red Flight: $20 per guest (Complimentary with wine purchase).
The Terrace overlooks Comstock’s Estate Merlot Vineyards. Enjoy a private tasting of six wines. Available Daily: 11am, 1pm, 3pm. $35 per guest/$20 per Wine Club Member. Add a Charcuterie Plate to any tasting for $30.
Wine & Cheese Pairing
This private, guided tasting includes a selection of four of the region’s best artisan cheeses, chosen to compliment the flavors of the wines. Available Daily: 11am, 1pm, 3pm. $45 per guest/$25 per Wine Club Member.
Brunch White Flight
Enjoy a flight of Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, paired perfectly with seasonal brunch bites. Available by appointment. $50 per guest/ $45 Wine Club Members. Limited to 20 guests.
Wine & Pizza Pairing
Enjoy an afternoon of great wines, grand food and good games! Experience a unique flight of Comstock Wines paired perfectly with pizzas prepared in their Mugnaini Woodfired Oven. Then get your game on and enjoy their regulation size Bocce Court. Available Each Saturday (Beginning March 3): 12pm & 2pm, or by appointment. $50 per guest / $40 Wine Club Members.
Join veteran winemaker, Chris Russi, or one of their Wine Educators and learn what it takes to make the perfect blend. This is a unique opportunity for wine lovers of all levels to enjoy a one-of-a-kind tasting experience. Tour Comstock Wine’s state of the art facility, and then take your shot at becoming winemaker for a day as you assemble your own blend. Available by appointment. $75 per person/$60 for Wine Club Members.
Winery Tour and Taste
Learn about Comstock’s history, philosophy and winemaking techniques, along with their commitment to sustainable farming on a tour of their winemaking facility, located on Comstock’s seventeen-acre estate in the bucolic Dry Creek Valley. Explore the estate vineyards and learn about vineyard practices, winemaking techniques and Comstock’s commitment to excellence in winemaking. Available: By Appointment. $45 per guest / $25 Wine Club Members. Reservations required.
Join Comstock’s winemaker and hospitality team members at the open table for a casual tastings and an organic experience and discussion about wine. Taste 5 wines along with charcuterie bites. Available by appointment. $50 per guest / $45 Wine Club Members.
Picnic with Comstock Wines
Relax and savor the wine country! Enjoy a flight of Comstock Wines and a picnic basket, which includes salami, cheese, crackers, olives, chocolates, dried fruit and nuts (vegetarian options available as well). Linens, stemware, cutting board and knife are also provided.
1290 Dry Creek Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Open Daily: 10:30am -4:30pm
10% Discount on Wine Club Shipments (3 Bottles Per Shipment / 12 Bottles Per Year) and Additional Wine Orders.
15% Discount on Wine Club Shipments (6 Bottles Per Shipment / 24 Bottles Per Year) and Additional Wine Orders.
20% Discount on Wine Club Shipments (12 Bottles Per Shipment / 48 Bottles Per Year) and Additional Wine Orders.